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Third Wettest Year Ever on Record in Metro Detroit

Metro Detroit received 2 inches of rainfall by Tuesday afternoon, making this year the third-wettest ever up to now. So far, 44.57 inches of rain have fallen in 2011. And, with still a full month of December to go, the all-time record of 47.69 inches of rainfall in 1880 could be broken this year. Just over 3 inches of rainfall is required to make this year the wettest one in record in metro Detroit.

The Southfield Freeway is reported to be flooded at many parts. Motorists that normally drive through the freeway may get stuck for long times because of flooding.

A section of the Southfield Freeway in Allen Park was shut down on Tuesday as the floodwaters from a nearby swollen Creek inundated the expressway. On Tuesday evening, expressway flooding caused major holdups for 109,000 motorists who travelled trough that section of the freeway.

The Southfield Freeway at Allen Park is closed for an indefinite period due to floodwaters. Alternate ways, such as Telegraph Road, are expected to be extra crowded today.

Several basements and roads were also reported to be flooded across the region. According to Rachel Kulik, meteorologist at National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect in Macomb and Wayne counties until further notice is issued. Weather experts expect that most rivers in both the counties to crest by Wednesday morning.

Half an inch of snow is likely to fall early-morning Wednesday, with up to 2 or 3 inches expected by the rush hour in the northern counties of Oakland and Macomb.

High on Wednesday is expected to be between 36 to 38 degrees. Forecasters expect dry conditions for the remaining days of the week.

Metro Detroit residents struggled to keep themselves dry. Many residents across the area were seen battling swamped basements, inundated roads and flooded roadways as steady rainfall of about 2 inches fell all through Tuesday.

Dearborn Heights’ Department of Public Works was kept busy by the complaints of sporadic flooding. Flooded streets were barricaded in several areas of the city.

The Wayne County Lightfest, a yearly holiday event of light exhibit all along the Hines Drive, was canceled on the night of Tuesday due to flooding.

Dennis Niemiec, a Wayne County spokesperson, stated that the drainage system across the county is running at or above its maximum capacity.

Matt Mosteiko, a meteorologist at National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect for the Clinton River and its North Branch in Macomb County and the Rouge River and its tributaries that run through the Wayne County.
No major flooding was reported from the Oakland County.

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